A candidate for the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has declared that the purported defection of the state’s Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would boost the chances of the party.
Jegede, who was PDP candidate in the 2016 governorship election in the state, said this yesterday when he led some party chieftains across the state to the party’s secretariat in Akure.
He noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would collapse if the deputy governor eventually dumps the party to join forces with the PDP in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.
According to him, “if APC was and is good, Agboola Ajayi would not have left the party. And if the PDP was and is bad, he would not say he is coming to join it. So, the fact that he is leaving and he is interested in coming to the PDP has demonstrated again that the APC is collapsed and he (Ajayi) needs to look for a good house.
“He has found out that PDP is a good house. So, he is welcome because we are looking for people. The party’s constitution is very clear. He would go to his ward and register.
“He will go to the National Working Committee (NWC) and seek for waiver. When he finishes with that, he will come here and pay administrative charges and when he is done with that, he will pay for a nomination form if he wants to contest.
“When he is done with that, he will now go and campaign and explain to the people what he is bringing afresh to the PDP and the electoral delegates will decide who will fly the flag of the party.”
The former state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice expressed dissatisfaction over the administration of the state under Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He lamented that all the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) inherited from the immediate past administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko were run aground, inflicting more hardship on the people.
“The opportunity is waiting for us and the people of the state are also waiting for us, even APC people are waiting for us,” Jegede said.
Party chieftains in his entourage were a House of Representatives member representing Akure South/Akure North Federal Constituency, Adedayo Omolafe; Mrs. Banke Sutton, the immediate past Chairman of Micro Credit Agency; former commissioners, former House of Assembly members, House of Assembly candidates in the last election, among other party stalwarts.